Signs going up on sidewalks that aren’t maintained through winter

A number of sidewalks in Brock will be bearing signs that note they aren’t maintained through the winter months.

According to Township Works Director Nick Colucci, maintenance levels haven’t changed – the municipality is simply marking sidewalks that can’t be maintained by current equipment.

“There are a number of sidewalks that aren’t maintained over the winter because they’re not wide enough or are in poor condition,” he said.

While staff are still compiling a list of where the signs are or will be posted, Colucci said that members of council will be asked to formally close the sidewalks through a bylaw at some point early in the new year.

During the last term, local politicians discussed a staff recommendation to remove more than three kilometres of sidewalks that aren’t being maintained.

The report, presented to council in March, suggested spending nearly $129,000 this year to remove sections of sidewalk, with just $30,000 being spent on repairs to the east side of Adelaide Street East in Cannington and the east side of Albert Street South in Sunderland.

“The removal of these poor sidewalks would greatly reduce the trip and fall liability to the municipality,” the report read.

Most of the work would have come in Cannington where sidewalks on six streets – Ann (south), King, Munro (east and west), Prince, Queen and St. John – were identified for removal. The proposal also called for portions of sidewalks to be removed along Church Street and Mill Street in Beaverton and Albert Street North in Sunderland.

Members of council deferred the decision pending feedback from the Brock Accessibility Advisory Committee, which was submitted in the fall and urged the municipality to view removal of sidewalks as a last resort.

“Some sidewalks could be removed if there is a sidewalk on both sides of the road. Spot repairs should be made on the sidewalks that are to remain as part of the sidewalk network. Staff should also investigate the purchase of equipment to permit the maintenance of the narrow sidewalks in the winter,” reads the report, which was discussed by members of council in September.

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